Advent and Christmas at First Church Amherst

The World Is About to Turn!

There are many ways to enter into the spirit of Advent and Christmas at First Church. We hope you will find ways to connect and feed your soul. Here’s a little of what Advent is about, and a schedule of some of our activities–from worship services to caroling, coming together in quiet and even sadness, and the joy of the Christmas Eve “Up-Pageant.” We hope to see you!

One Year of Sanctuary: A Service of Reflection & Renewal

On Sunday, October 14, we will mark the one-year anniversary of Lucio Perez taking sanctuary in First Church Amherst. (The actual date is October 18.)

All are invited to this special service, which will include bell-ringing, stories, prayer, blessing, candles, music, and the church’s recommitment to walking with Lucio and his family through this long separation and time of uncertainty and struggle.

On Saturday, October 20, church members, the Pioneer Valley Workers Center, many sanctuary volunteers, community members, and some elected officials will come together for a Day of Solidarity with Lucio and his family. Events begin at 4 p.m. in the church sanctuary, and will include a circle of solidarity, protection, and light around the outside of the building, and light refreshments inside.

Let Lucio and his family know that you continue to stand with them. Come to one or both events!

Welcome, Students!

So you’re starting to miss home. Still figuring out where your classes are and learning your way around town. Getting to know your roommate(s), and discovering that the H is silent. In the midst of all the adjustments, here’s one solid thing: You’re always welcome at Amherst’s LGBTQ-loving (for 31 years), peace-making, anti-racism, Earth-tending, soup-kitchen, sanctuary church. Come check us out! You’ll be glad you did.

(Sunday worship doesn’t begin until 10:30 a.m., so go ahead: Sleep in!)

Blessing of the Backpacks

Bring your children and their school backpacks to worship this Sunday, September 2, for a special blessing and the kick-off of Sunday School. It’s a wonderful way for the church to show them how much we love them, and for the kids to get lots of encouragement and support as they begin the school year.

Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. Hope to see you there!

Phil Ochs Song Night

The Daily Hampshire Gazette made a BIG mistake in yesterday’s paper, reporting that the Phil Ochs Song Night here at First Church is June 1. It is NOT. The concert, which is sponsored by Sonny Ochs and Mount Toby Friends Concerts, is NEXT Friday, June 8.
We are very sorry for any confusion (though we had nothing to do with it). Please share this word with anyone you know who is interested: Do not come to the church on the evening of June 1; the concert is at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 8. Thank you!

Tour de Quabbin on May 28

Like to bike? Join us for a ride on Memorial Day!

Youth Group receives the ION award

The Joan Lindeman Award was given to the First Church Youth Group on May 6.